Cancer Awareness Chair - Relay For Life St Albans

St Albans
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Why we need you:

Cancer Research UK Relay For Life is a celebration of the communities fight against cancer as the teams fundraise in the months leading up to the event.
Each Relay is an overnight, community-led, non-athletic event where teams set up camp and take it in turns to walk around a track for up to 24 hours to signify that ‘cancer never sleeps’. Everyone is invited to come along and celebrate the lives of Cancer Survivors, remember those lost to the disease and show their support of Cancer Research UK's vital work and the day itself has a carnival atmosphere
The activities you organise at Relay will help to raise cancer awareness in your community. Your role will help to persuade those attending the event of the importance of early detection in cancer, and inform them about the signs and symptoms to look out for, as well as the healthy life style choices that can reduce their risk.

What will I be doing?

  • Ensuring that key cancer awareness messages are visible prior to, during and after the event, using as many channels as are appropriate and open to you e.g. signs around the Relay track/PA announcements/programmes/thank you letters.
  • Working imaginatively looking for creative ways to engage those attending the Relay in cancer awareness issues – interactive games, prizes, quizzes, themed laps…the list is endless!
  • Liaising with members of your committee so that cancer awareness is present throughout every aspect of your event
  • Hosting any Cancer Research UK scientists who may attend the event
  • Ensuring that catering provides healthy options in general and for the survivors reception
  • Championing and managing the ‘No Smoking’ policy and ensuring alcohol if permitted is in moderation by working with fellow committee members

What skills do I need?

  • You do not need to be an expert in cancer research or cancer prevention. However, a healthy interest in physical wellbeing and a desire to encourage positive healthy habits in others is important.
  • You should be able to convey simple cancer prevention messages to others in an accurate and easily understandable way.
  • You should be able to use the resources available to you – people and materials – efficiently and be creative in your approach so as to engage everyone in activity. Marquees with leaflets inside are not an effective way of messaging.
  • You need to be able to plan and coordinate activities, but be flexible enough to adapt them at the last minute should the need arise.
  • IT literate would be an advantage as the messages you deliver should be by Cancer Research UK and current. Our website is the best place to obtain this up to date information.

How much time do I need to commit?

You will be expected to attend a training day. You will need to start organising cancer awareness about six months prior to the Relay. You will also need to attend all Relay For Life Committee meetings (these will probably be monthly and then weekly as the Relay gets closer) and Team Captain Meetings to promote cancer awareness and get participants involved. You will need to be in attendance throughout the duration of the Relay.

What support will I be given?

You will receive training on the Cancer Awareness role. You will be part of a dynamic and supportive Relay Committee and you will also be able to draw on a range of Cancer Research UK cancer awareness and prevention literature/guides

What benefits can I expect?

Leading in the Cancer Awareness and Information role for your Relay will harness and develop the skills and experience you possess and will result in a tremendous achievement. You will play a major part in bringing your community together in a safe environment to unite against cancer and the money raised will help Cancer Research UK beat cancer which can be extremely rewarding. The Relay itself is fun and a great way to meet people and make friends with people in your community
You’ll play a major part in bringing key cancer prevention and awareness messages to your community and in so doing will help Cancer Research UK achieve one of its key objectives – to reduce the number of people getting cancer. The Relay itself is also a lot of fun and a great way to meet and make friends with people in your community!

Where will I be based?

Much of the organisational work involved in this role can be completed from home, although attending committee meetings and Team Captain Meetings will require being ‘out and about’ in the community.


Please fill in our online form. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Gray your Local Fundraising Manager via or 07766 902004. 

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